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Point 6: Six-wheel Drive
Inside the Ford Motor Company Pavilion, you'll find a rocketship outfitted with floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Strap yourself in before the countdown commences, and you'll "blast off" into outer space. Listen to the beeps of the Echo, Vanguard, and Tiros satellites as they zip past your window. See the earth and moon from space, just like John Glenn!

A stewardess will explain other sounds that you hear, from pre-flight fueling to cabin depressurization. Fifteen minutes after takeoff, you'll be returned safely to earth, where you'll be able to see a prototype of another transport of the future -- the Ford Seattle-ite XXI.

The aptly named Seattle-ite XXI was designed specifically for the fair, to show fairgoers what kind of car they might expect to drive into the next century. Features include an onboard-computer with an automatic rolling roadmap, variable density glass to prevent glare, and an engine powered by a compact nuclear device. Not only that, there's no need for a steering wheel, as fingertip controls are as close as your armrest.

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Seattle World's Fair, Seattle, 1962



Ford Seattle-ite XXI concept car, 1962


 
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